Operation Santa Claus 2016
Each year MHA proudly sponsors Operation Santa Claus for those adult
residents of Cleveland County living with a severe and persistent mental illness or intellectual and developmental disability.
History of Operation Santa Claus
The Mental Health Association, now Mental Health America (MHA) began Operation Santa Claus in the 1960s to provide a special gift at Christmastime to children living with emotional and behavioral health issues.
Later, MHA recognized that a forgotten group of our most needy citizens were not being serviced by other agencies. In response, MHA extended Operation Santa Claus to include adult residents of Cleveland County living with a severe and persistent mental illness.
Over the years, many agencies, churches and civic groups were servicing the child population during Christmastime and MHA decided to focus solely on the adult residents of Cleveland County living with a severe and persistent mental illness. There are exceptions when we learn of a child who is not participating in a Christmas program and who qualifies to receive support.
Many of the adults who participate in the program are both physically and mentally disabled. Many reside in state facilities such as J. Iverson Riddle. For a great many of these consumers, this is the only gift they receive at Christmastime as many have no family and some even no home.
Contributions to Operation Santa can be made either through a monetary donation or shopping for a gift through direct gift sponsor. All contributions are very special and greatly appreciated.
Donations by check can be mailed to PO Box 623, Shelby, NC 28151. Checks should be written to Mental Health America of the South Mountains.
For any questions, please contact us at 704-481-8637 or firstname.lastname@example.org